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Biodiversity Report for the Municipality of Walvis Bay, February 2008. Draft Report, No. 1


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Biodiversity Report for the Municipality of Walvis Bay.

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The Walvis Bay Biodiversity Report covers the ent ire Walvis Bay area which is divided into four main areas namely: the Walvis Bay Ramsar Site, the Kuiseb Delta, the Dune Belt Area and the Walvis Bay Coast line. The Walvis Bay wetlands were proclaimed as a Ramsar Site in 1995 and are regarded as the most important coastal wet lands in Southern Africa for their birdlife. The Kuiseb Delta holds significant ecological and cultural values and makes up an important part of the area used by the indigenous Topnaar community. The Dune Belt Area hosts a high diversity of desert adapted flora and fauna and is the main habitat of the endemic Damara Terns. This area is immensely popular as a recreat ion area as a result of its natural beauty and having the only high coastal dunes in Namibia that are easily accessible to the public. The 30 km Walvis Bay Coastline is designated as an Important Bird Area (IBA). This area hasrnup to 450 birds per kilometre of shore which is the highest linear count of birds anywhere in Southern Africa. The Swakop River Estuary is one of only two of its kind along the Namib central coast and is on the major migratory flyway of hundreds ofrnthousands of migratory birds. This wet land has a fragile and complex environment for a wide variety of plants, birds, rept iles, fish and a number of other animals.

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